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Vivo V21 5G review: unboxing and first impression after four days of use

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Now the first smartphone in the V series, the Vivo V21 5G, has also arrived. It has been available since the beginning of last week for a recommended retail price of 399 euros.

For this price, customers are offered, among other things, a 90 Hertz OLED display, a MediaTek Dimensity 800U, 33 watt Fast Charge and a 44 megapixel front camera with OIS. How the device performs in everyday life and whether it can be recommended for the price offered, you will find out in a few weeks in my detailed review. Now I unpack the smartphone and report on my first impression after a few days of use.


As is typical for Vivo, the bluish box makes a very high-quality impression and looks quite chic. On the front is only the Product name of the smartphone shown. After removing the cover, the Vivo V21 5G appears directly, which is still in a film to protect against scratches. A screen protector is also attached, which is unfortunately not a matter of course. Otherwise, the scope of delivery also includes the usual paperwork, a SIM needle, a transparent protective cover, in-ear headphones, an adapter from USB-C to jack, a 33-watt power supply and the right cable. For 400 euros, the scope of delivery is really impressive. Kudos to Vivo.

Vivo V21 5G in the first impression

So far, the Vivo V21 5G has left me with mixed feelings. Although I'm a huge fan of the matte glass back, as it feels extremely comfortable and high-quality, the manufacturer could have put a little more effort into the front. my ProThe problem isn't the notch, it's the edges around the screen. Here Xiaomi, OnePlus, Samsung and Co. are one step further.

I like the display much better. A 6,44-inch OLED panel is used here, which has a sufficiently sharp resolution with FHD+ and also supports a smooth refresh rate of 90 Hertz. The latter definitely makes a positive difference in everyday use. Colors, viewing angles and contrast values ​​have so far been convincing across the board and the panel can be read sufficiently well even in direct sunlight. I also really like the front camera so far. What is particularly striking is the high image sharpness, which some competitors in this price range can match Proproblems. The portrait mode also makes a very good first impression, but faces are rendered too softly for my taste despite the deactivated filters.

Unfortunately, after a few days of use, neither the performance, the vibration motor nor the ultra-wide-angle camera could convince me. In view of the price, I would have expected a little more here.

So far, these have been my first impressions after a few days of everyday use. I can't say too much about the battery life at the moment and I definitely have to take a closer look at the camera. In a few weeks' time, we'll be taking a very close look at all of this and much more in my test report.

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Fabian Menzel

Fabian has been part of since mid-September 2020 TechnikNews and regularly provides the site with various news, but also with some test reports on smartphones. It's a lot of fun for him and he's extremely grateful to have such a great team at his side. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to music and occasionally taking photos with his Huawei P50 Pro.

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